Can We Please End The Myth That Anyone Is Trying To Take Away 'The Right Of Musicians To Get Paid'?
from the please-please-stop-saying-that dept
One of the very common myths we hear from people disputing the various business models we discuss around here for content creators is the idea that “but… but… content creators have the right to get paid” or “we need to protect the right for the musician to get paid.” That implies — falsely — that anyone discussing these alternative business models believes that the content creators have no right to get paid. But that’s not what anyone’s saying at all. It’s a total strawman. What we’re saying is that you need to change the way you do get paid. No one is trying to take away the rights of anyone to get paid. Some of us just don’t like artificial, government-structured taxes that force people to pay when it’s not particularly reasonable nor efficient.
So I’m having a lot of trouble with this “set of principles” that the Future of Music Coalition has released (and kindly sent over). Considering that the whole thing is supposedly based on “the right of musicians to be paid for their work,” it’s no surprise that the “principles” seem to miss the point by a wide margin. They all seem focused on making sure that any tax, collective licensing, voluntary licensing, whatever scheme includes the artists getting their cut.
But what it doesn’t discuss is why do we need such licensing schemes at all? Why not just let musicians come up with the various business models that work. No one’s trying to take away their “right to get paid.” We just think that — like everyone else — they should earn it not by some sort of welfare/tax/licensing program, but through making use of business models where open and willing transactions are made.